Trump loses court battle to sustain travel ban

(L-R) Judges of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal: Richard R Clifton, William C Canby and Michelle T Friedland.
(L-R) Judges of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal: Richard R Clifton, William C Canby and Michelle T Friedland.

By Henry D Gombya

US President Donald J Trump has suffered a bitter blow after the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal rejected his appeal to reinstate his immigration executive order travel ban. In a 29-page ruling, all the three judges on the 9th circuit court of appeal, unanimously agreed that the States of Washington and Minnesota had the right and standing to bring the case and that they had made a preliminary showing that Mr Trump’s executive order had been unconstitutional.

While this ruling could continue to be contested by the Trump administration up to the US Supreme Court, the appeals court has made it possible for anyone included in the Trump travel ban to make their way to the United States with immediate effect. It is a major setback for the new US President. The court said the US government hadn’t shown a likelihood that it would succeed in appealing to reinstate the ban. It further ruled that Mr Trump’s administration hadn’t shown that failure to reinstate the ban would cause irreparable injury to the security of the United States.

Universities in Washington State and in Minnesota had argued that the Trump travel ban had stranded its students abroad, making it difficult for them to effectively run the universities. Many universities in the Western world depend very much on the fees paid by foreign students most those coming from Arab country that have the money to pay the huge fees a student registering as a foreigner at any Western university needs to study here.

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